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UW Youth & Teen Programs

Sharpen Your Writing Skills

Improve your opportunities in life by learning to write well. In this class, we'll study writing fundamentals, skills and strategies, and then put them to practice. You'll expand your skill set by learning how to write literary analyses, persuasive arguments and narrative essays. You'll learn useful strategies for tackling high school writing tasks and college admissions essays. Develop the tools to edit your own work more effectively and gain a new understanding of the English language.

If you’re looking to further challenge yourself, watch for the  Writing Arguments That Matter course, tentatively scheduled for spring and summer 2024, which will help you master the skills of persuasive writing introduced in this course.

What You'll Learn

  • Strategies that will help you write effective analytical, persuasive and narrative essays 
  • Ways to employ a variety of rhetorical strategies that align with your writing goals 
  • Different methods of persuasion 
  • Tips for writing a strong college admissions essay

Who Should Register

This course is for ninth to 12th graders who want to learn persuasive, analytical and narrative writing strategies. It's not a creative writing course, and it's not for those who need remedial writing help. All students should have a high level of English language proficiency.

We offer this course multiple times each year to meet student demand. If you’ve previously enrolled in this course, you should find a different course to take.


Jennifer Cuffman

More Information

This remote course is taught via Canvas and/or Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. Activities are held both synchronously and asynchronously. To participate, you should have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a headset and webcam.

See the Policies page for details about registration policies, refunds, waitlists and more. 

Earn a Digital Badge

After participating in this course, you can claim a Youth & Teen Programs digital badge that you can share with prospective colleges, universities and employers and on social media.


Jan 2–Mar 7, 2024

Tue, Thu
6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Refund Deadline
Dec 12, 2023